The Gary Player Stud Farm’s resident sire Noordhoek Flyer has made a pleasing start to his stud career, and the former star miler was represented by his first winner at Greyville last Friday evening.
Two-year-old colt Shap Shap, who like his sire is trained by Dean Kannemeyer, made amends for a fourth place debut finish when running out a half length winner over 1000m.
Shap Shap, who has now won or placed in both his career outings, was bred by David Southey.
The winning colt, who is owned by Brian Burnard, was a R260 000 from last year’s Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale.
Shap Shap was produced by the unraced Victory Moon mare Young At Heart, a daughter of the stakes placed Mistral Dancer mare First Love.
His sire Noordhoek Flyer was an exceptional miler, who will long be remembered for his dazzling turn of foot.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift (also responsible for breeding Elusive Fort –sire of Saturday’s Gr1 WIlgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic winner Siren’s Call), he was sold, under the name of White Hills, for R2.5 million at the 2008 National Yearling Sale.
Lightly raced at two, Noordhoek Flyer soon established himself as among the best of his generation at three, when he won both the G1 SA Bloodstock Cape Guineas and G2 KRA Guineas. He was also placed in all of the G1 Investec Cape Derby, G1 Daily News 2000 and G2 Selangor Cup (where Noordhoek Flyer ran second to subsequent G1 J&B Met hero Past Master). In total, the handsome chestnut won or placed in all ten of his 11 outings, before injury forced his retirement to stud.
Noordhoek Flyer lacks nothing for pedigree. He is one of 24 individual G1 winners sired by Pivotal, whose successful sire sons also include Kyllachy (sire of Saturday’s G1 Al Quoz Sprint winner Sole Power) and last season’s Leading First Crop Sire in France, Siyouni.
Outstanding racehorses sired by Pivotal include the likes of Sariska (Epsom Oaks), Saoire (Irish 1000 Guineas), Falco (French 2000 Guineas), Golden Appples (Champion Turf Mare in North America), Somnus (Champion Sprinter), Regal Parade (Haydock Park Sprint Cup), Sylvester Lady (German Oaks), and Buzzword (German Derby).
Like world leading sire Invincible Spirit, Noordhoek Flyer is out of a daughter of former champion miler and sire Kris. In Noordhoek Flyer’s case, his dam, Serra Negra, is herself out of a full sister to former sprint champion Cherokee Rose. Serra Negra is also a half sister to legendary New Zealand sire Volksraad, a son of Green Desert who headed the NZ sires list on no fewer than six occasions.
is from the same family responsible for the Pivotal sired Dubai World Cup winner African Story, Eclipse Stakes winner Mukhadram, leading European sire Halling, and Galileo’s multiple G1 winning son and exceptional young sire Rip Van Winkle, to name but a few.